Downstate communities may see migrants bussed from Texas
On August 31, 2022, the first bus full of migrants coming from Texas made its way to its destination of downtown Chicago. About 60 migrants originating from Venezuela got off the bus, before being taken to shelters across the city. Since then, more than a thousand other migrants have been bussed from Texas to Chicago. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been sending the migrants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” and besides Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City have also become notable destinations. In Illinois, as more migrants continue to arrive, it’s prompting organizations and communities downstate to prepare to help however they can.
Immigration Organizer, The Resurrection Project
Director of Programs, University YMCA’s New American Welcome Center
C-U Immigration Forum